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Building Your Own Voice App in Education:The Hows and Whys

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Friday, December 4, 2:00–2:50 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Devin Rossiter  
Clay Smith  

Embark on an exploration of possibilities and privacy issues surrounding voice-activated smart speakers such as Google Home in education. Create your own voice-activated app with Google Assistant and Dialogflow. Explore what you can do with digital assistants in your learning environment.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Users will need an Amazon account. It's helpful to have access to the an Alexa-enabled device but access can be gained through the testing simulator at . Participants will need a microphone, headphones will be helpful to reduce ambient noise.
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to create their own voice-activated quizzes, flashcards, stories, etc. from the Amazon Blueprint samples provided.
Attendees will also enrich their understanding of the ethics surrounding smart speakers and student privacy.
Participants will understand and explore structures for how to use templates to build their own simple non-identifying voice-activated applications.


3:00 - Presenter introductions
10:00 (or 15:00) - Introduction to Voice-activated- knowledge constructors
15:00 ( or 20:00) - Legalities and ethics around voice activated devices (Poll Everywhere for participant engagement.)
5:00 (or 10:00) - Introduction to building Voice activated flows
10:00 (or 20:00) Building a voice activated vocabulary practice app together using Amazon Blueprint Skills for Alexa-enabled devices.
5:00 - Q&A
2:00 - Evaluation

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Devin Rossiter, Walter Stiern Middle School

Devin Rossiter is an academic coach in Bakersfield, CA with a unique background in sports broadcast media. Originally from Staten Island, Devin supports teachers in leveraging 21st century media and student discourse in accessing content. Rossiter additionally advocates for greater access to outdoor learning, recently launching Outsider Education Services: a design venture with a vision of facilitating learning beyond classroom walls. Devin is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator (#LON19), a co-host for the long-running television program, "Do the Math," and play-by-play commentator for Bakersfield's "Robot Rumble" televised middle school robotics competition.

Clay Smith, NYC Department of Education

Clay is a self taught programmer. He works for the NYC Department of Education supporting digital Accessibility and Inclusion. Clay recently taught Computer Science at Cambria Heights Academy in Queens. He previously coordinated the Drama and Technical Theater departments at LaGuardia High School, (the school that inspired the movie"Fame"). He is a Google Innovator, #Lon19, certified Apple Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator.

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